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te piers, still spanned the river —a picturesque ruin. Because of the fact that a citizen of Medford, Nathan Brown, had eyes to see, and skill to paint, and that others appreciated his work, we of today may know how that locality appeared in 1865. When Mr. Stevens moved to the Hillside, in 1870, Medford's entire population west of the railroad consisted of an even dozen of families. In 1871 the new owners of the Smith estate (the level plain of West Medford) purchased a tract called the Osgood estate, bordering on North street. This was laid out in small lots, with Adams and Quincy streets intersected by others, and plans plotted. The long-disused stonework of the canal aqueduct invited a crossing of the river by Boston avenue, and strange to say this was opposed by some. The wisdom of the county commissioners in its laying out is amply justified, however. In those years the elder Josiah Quincy of Boston had formulated a plan which resulted in a co-operative company of fifty
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 20., Notes Epistolary and Horticultural. (search)
ds of Mr. Ebenr Hall in Medford near the bridge. He sometimes preached for Dr. Osgood. He imported a number of apple trees from England for his farm he had boughtim. These notices, my dear Sir, will I hope meet your wishes. Truly yours, L. Osgood. Mr. Swan—My Friend, I wish I could answer all the questions; but I cannire. With respect and esteem Yrs truly Chas Brooks. C. Swan begs Miss Osgood to accept his thanks for her very full account received last summer of the ry of Medford had not been written 30 years sooner when Governor Brooks and Doctor Osgood, and others could have furnished so many items of historic interest. Thursdters came to hand that quite unexpectedly supplemented the accounts given by Miss Osgood of the Wells family. The first is addressed to Benjamin Hall, Esq., Medford in a short time. Mrs. Worthington was probably the rich aunt alluded to by Miss Osgood. The letter abounds in those dignified and gracious expressions of courtesy